Why Is Australian Steak So Good? It All Starts Before The Cooking
In partnership with True Aussie Beef

Why Is Australian Steak So Good? It All Starts Before The Cooking

Plus, dine in, takeaway, and shop Australian steak at over 30 restaurants, bars and butcheries at The Great Steak Escape in Singapore. And join The Great Steak Escape contest in Malaysia to win weekly prizes.

If you’ve ever tasted made in Australia steak, you’ll agree that it’s among some of the world’s best. And industry observers say that’s because of a whole host of factors from how the cows are reared, to the country’s world-leading processes in getting it from the farm to the factory, and onto the plate. Let’s look at two major steps that make a big mark on its distinguishing taste. 

Oh, the wonderful marbling  

Photo: True Aussie Beef & Lamb

Now marbling refers to the fat found inside the muscle. And this increases as animals get fatter, whether they are grass or grainfed. So, when it comes to maximising marbling in beef - increasing the fine flecks of fat that appear within the muscles of red meat— cattle must be on a highly nutritious diet. That’s something that Australia’s farmers ensure. Marble scores are in Australia are measured from 0 - 9+, with 0 being “no marbling” and 9+ having “extraordinary amounts of marbling”, something frequently associated with Wagyu beef, which Australia is one of the world’s biggest producers of. 

Ageing’s key, too 

Photo: Rare Medium Academy

There are two kinds of ageing, and both add depth to meat. Wet ageing of meat – which greatly enhances tenderness, but doesn’t quite influence its flavour. This is more like a general storage process that occurs after a carcass is broken down or boned when meat is packaged and stored. Then, there’s dry ageing, which is typically carried out by hanging either the whole or cut pieces of the carcase in a cool room. The secret to this is moisture reduction, and this takes about one to two weeks, but it’s not uncommon to go up to a month or more.

Did you know? Australia produces 3% of the world’s beef and is the second largest beef exporter in the world.

So, the safety, quality and integrity of red meat is extremely important to Australia, and its processing systems are serious business. This includes the humane treatment of cattle and sheep during slaughter, and that’s combined with a sharp focus on maintaining quality and safety throughout. Australian abattoirs also use the latest technologies to ensure production efficiency. 

Now, if you’re eating out, here’s some restaurants to order Aussie steak:

If you haven’t heard, over 30 restaurants are celebrating made in Australia beef! They range from restaurants, to bars, and meat suppliers for eating out, takeaways, and for your cooking at home. The Great Steak Escape is a celebration of Australian Beef across South East Asia, starting in Singapore and IndonesiaMalaysia and Thailand, over the coming months. Hear from and taste the best in the business that use quality Aussie beef in their cooking - from butchers, to retailers as well as restaurants. For further information, click right here

Here are some of our recommended restaurants in Singapore (aka we really love these):

1. Bedrock Bar & Grill

Established in 2008, Bedrock Bar & Grill was founded and built on the vision of serving up the finest steak cuts and dishes. Marked by a respect for tradition and product, wood-grilled, smoked hot or cold, with exotic spices or keeping things classic, customers can indulge in Australian Beef creations like their 30 Day Aged Vintage OP Ribs.

2. Lokal

In 2014, Aussie Chef Darren Farr started The Lokal, a casual Australian Restaurant-Bar with an open kitchen concept, providing customers with honest house-made comfort food from day to night. Order the Bass Strait Australian Grass Fed T-Bone Steak that will take you back to Australia with the help of Australian Beef.

3. Burnt Ends

Founded by Chef-Owner Dave Pynt, Burnt Ends is a modern barbecue restaurant in Singapore’s Chinatown neighbourhood serving modern Australian barbecue and boutique wines and spirits in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Try the Steak Sando at Asia’s 14th best restaurant and 59th in the world for your dose of Australian Beef. 

4. Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse

Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse specialises in Bistecca alla Fiorentina - 1kg Florentine style sharing steaks. Our F1 Wagyu beef is pasture raised in the King and Kiewa Valleys of Australia, and organic grain-finished under the highest ethical standards.

And if you’re cooking, get your Aussie beef at Meat Co, Ryan's Grocery, and Huber’s Butchery. But before you start, look at these helpful tips for the perfect steak. 

Sweet and sour Thai grassfed beef salad, recipe here. Photo: True Aussie Beef & Lamb. 

  • Bring steak to room temperature before cooking
  • Preheat pan or BBQ to hot
  • For a regular size steak, such as sirloin, cook for 3 mins each side for Medium, and 2 mins each side for Rare
  • Before serving, rest for 3-5mins covered loosely in foil

And for a pot roast

  • Pot roasts add moisture to leaner cuts such as topside
  • Add vegetables and enough stock to fill the dish halfway
  • Slow cook over low heat in a tightly covered dish
  • Turn meat half way through cooking
  • Place on a warm plate and cover loosely with foil
  • Rest for 15 mins, and slice across the grain to serve

Also, you can find more brilliant recipes here. As part of the Great Steak Escape in Malaysia from 15th August onwards, follow the Instagram page @trueaussiemy and post your favourite Aussie beef recipes to win weekly prizes. And go here for more on The Great Steak Escape.

This article was published in association with True Aussie Beef, which brings you the best of Australia to plates all over the world. Their world-leading supply chain has underpinned Australia's reputation for producing some of the highest quality beef.

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